The reptile world includes many more creatures than one might imagine. Turtles, tortoises, crocodilians as well as snakes, comprise its inhabitants. In this book we learn how and where they live, what they eat, from whence their mates come, how they care for their young, what protective devices they employ, what reactions they have to environmental and seasonal changes. Each chapter introduces us to a reptile in some phase of the business of living, a turtle laying eggs, a snapper waiting for its prey, a snake shedding its skin, a lizard protecting his home. From the driest to the wettest regions, we follow their winding trail well illuminated by the numerous illustrations. Of use in the school science program or as spare time investigation for the future naturalist, zoologist, biologist.